It was a night to remember. A night at Bandra's most celebrated address 'Mannat' where Shah Rukh Khan invited all his friends from the film industry for an Eid party. Everyone who counted was there. Well, almost.
Shah Rukh's Chennai Express co-star Deepika Padukone was missing as she had left Mumbai and the country to shoot for an ad. Kareena Kapoor was shooting in Detroit and Katrina Kaif chose to stay away, thereby leaving the coast clear for Shah Rukh's other leading ladies Juhi Chawla, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rani Mukerji and Anushka Sharma to make the best of the night.
The invitees at the party on Saturday include Hrithik and wife, Arjun Rampal and wife, Karan Johar, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan and Zoya Akhtar, Farah Khan, Rani Mukerji and of course, the Chennai Express gang.
Contrary to rumours that Shah Rukh Khan "canceled" his Iftaar party for his colleagues last week, the truth is he never intended to have one. He, in fact, hosted a lavish party at his residence on Saturday night where he has personally invited all his friends. Though the party was said to be a Eid get-together, it seems more like a celebration for the stupendous opening of SRK's latest release Chennai Express.
One of his most prominent invitees says, "Shah Rukh's party was never meant to be an Iftaar party. It was always an Eid party for which Shah Rukh personally called all his friends. He was very clear that the success ratio of Chennai Express had nothing to do with the party. That is why he sent out personal invites to all his friends even before the film's release."
Chennai Express has had the best opening for any film in 2013, beating the other top openers of the year Abbas-Mustan's Race 2, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Ayan Mukerji's Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
The Bachchans, without matriarch Jaya (who prefers to stay away from parties and events these days) arrived late and stayed till the end of the party at around 6 am.
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